Austin Uber and Lyft Accident Attorneys
Representing Uber and Lyft Accident Victims Across Texas
More and more Texans are turning to rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft to get around. While rideshares are a convenient and often less expensive alternative to taxis, they come with their own set of disadvantages, including complications when you get into a car accident. Liability may be less clear than that of a typical collision, and the rideshare companies will likely make every effort to avoid paying for your injuries.
If you suffer injuries in an accident that involves an Uber, Lyft, or any other rideshare, turn to National Trial Law. With over 50 years of trial experience and case results that speak for themselves, our firm has Texas roots with national reach, and we are not afraid to take on complex cases with powerful defendants. Our Austin Uber and Lyft accident lawyers understand how to strategically approach these cases and can circumvent many of the tactics used by rideshare companies to deny your claim or limit what you recover. Your case is important to us, and we will leverage the full extent of our knowledge, resources, and drive to get you compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and other losses.
Common Causes of Rideshare Accidents in Austin, TX
An auto accident may be the fault of a rideshare driver, a third-party driver, or some other factor, such as severe weather or hazardous road conditions. Many collisions are the result of a particular driver’s negligent failure to follow the rules of the road or otherwise operate their vehicle safely.
Auto accidents involving Ubers and Lyfts are frequently caused by a driver:
- Speeding excessively
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Failing to signal when turning or changing lanes
- Driving recklessly
- Driving while intoxicated
- Driving while fatigued
- Driving while distracted (including texting while driving)
In some unfortunate scenarios, Uber and Lyft drivers may be compelled to drive faster and attempt riskier maneuvers to complete trips sooner, resulting in avoidable collisions. In other cases, an Uber or Lyft driver may practice defensive driving and do everything right yet still end up in a accident due to the negligence or recklessness of another motorist. Either way, the rideshare companies’ insurance policies tend to activate so long as the Uber or Lyft driver was seeking, traveling to, or transporting passengers.
Do I need a lawyer if I’m in an Uber or Lyft accident?If you have serious injuries, high medical bills, significant property damage to your vehicle or a loss of income related to the accident, it is important to consult with an experienced lawyer who can advise you about next steps and whether you need to file suit against Uber or Lyft. Insurance companies use algorithms and formulas that may undervalue your damages. The more serious the accident, the more important it is to have an experienced legal team in your corner.
Do Uber and Lyft track their drivers?Ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft send location pings from a driver’s smartphone to the company’s servers. This process ensures the driver is accurately tracked on a GPS, which improves safety for riders and drivers alike. The information used to track drivers can also be useful when building a rideshare accident claim because it might show that the driver was speeding, taking an unsafe route, driving against the flow of traffic, etc.
How long does it take Lyft to investigate a car accident?In some cases, it can take up to a month before an investigation is completed. Complex cases with injuries, major property damage, or multiple vehicles may taken longer. The results of the investigation could be vital to your claim, though, so be sure to notify your attorney if Lyft contacts you with investigation information.
Does Uber or Lyft give you money if you’re in an accident?Uber, Lyft, or any other rideshare company will not simply pay money or compensation to people who are injured by rideshare accidents. An investigation into the accident will need to be conducted to determine if the rideshare company’s insurance policy will provide coverage, and if so, how much. In some cases, no coverage or compensation will be offered at all, so injured parties will have to consider legal action like filing an injury claim in civil court.
What should I do immediately after an Uber or Lyft accident in Austin, TX?If you find yourself involved in an Uber or Lyft accident in Austin, Texas, the first and most pressing step is to ensure the safety of yourself and others. Check if anyone is hurt and move to a safe location. Immediately call 911 to report the accident and request medical help if necessary. Sometimes, injuries are not immediately apparent. So, it's crucial to seek medical attention as soon as possible after the rideshare accident. Once you've ensured everyone's safety and contacted authorities, document the scene as thoroughly as you can. Take photos or videos of the accident scene, including the vehicles involved, any visible injuries, and any other relevant details. Collect contact and insurance information from all parties involved in the accident, which includes the rideshare company. Don’t forget to report the accident to the rideshare company through their app or website. It's important to do this as soon as you can, as there may be time limits for reporting accidents. Finally, consider whether you should consult with an experienced attorney to help you seek compensation.
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Who Can Be Held Liable for an Uber or Lyft Accident in Austin, TX?
Liability for a rideshare collision will depend on your role in the incident, who was responsible for the accident, and the work status of the Uber or Lyft driver at the time of the crash. These accidents can be extremely complicated, and liability may be difficult to initially ascertain, which is why you should get in touch with our Austin Uber and Lyft accident attorneys as soon as you can after a collision.
If you were an Uber or Lyft passenger who was injured due to the actions of your rideshare driver, you have the right to sue the Uber or Lyft driver and benefit from the rideshare companies’ extensive insurance policies if the driver’s personal policy does not fully cover your losses. Both Uber and Lyft carry $1 million insurance policies for these types of situations.
If you were a passenger in a rideshare and you suffer injuries due to the actions of another (non-Lyft or Uber) driver, you must take legal action against the responsible driver first. If the non-rideshare driver is uninsured or underinsured, Uber’s or Lyft’s policies may be able to cover some of your losses.
If you are an Uber or Lyft driver who suffered injuries in an accident caused by another driver, you may be covered by your rideshare company’s insurance policy in certain situations. You generally have limited coverage if the rideshare app is on and you are waiting for a ride request. Additional coverage triggers when you are traveling to pick up a confirmed passenger as well as during any trip.
You need legal advocates who are familiar with liability in these cases and how they are adjudicated in Texas courts. Our team at National Trial Law is well-versed in these matters, and we are happy to review your circumstances and walk you through your legal options.
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To secure compensation for rideshare accident injuries, you must file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver (regardless of whether they are an Uber or Lyft driver) before the statute of limitations expires. In Texas, you typically have two years from the date of the accident to bring your claim.
A successful personal injury claim allows you to obtain compensation for both economic and non-economic losses, including:
- Past, current, and future medical bills
- Lost income and earning capacity
- Property damage
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental pain and anguish
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Are There Any Specific Rules I Must Follow to Get Compensation for an Uber or Lyft Accident?
Because these accidents are more complicated than typical auto collisions, you may understandably be wondering if you need to take additional steps to protect your right to compensation. First, it is important to understand that you will generally not be suing Uber or Lyft directly. Recovering damages in these scenarios typically requires you to sue the at-fault driver, whether it was a rideshare driver or a third party. Then, if the at-fault driver’s insurance does not cover your losses, you can file a claim with Uber’s or Lyft’s insurance company to get additional compensation through their $1 million policies.
Beyond the complexity of determining liability and knowing who to sue, however, the same general principles surrounding car accident litigation apply. You must take care to preserve evidence in the moments and days after a collision, though you will also need to specifically save evidence of your rideshare trip.
To protect your rights and strengthen your case, you should:
- Call 9-1-1 after an accident, no matter how minor. The responding officer will create an official police report that proves the accident happened.
- Document the accident. Take photos of your injuries and damage to the vehicles.
- Collect contact information. You will need the names, phone numbers, addresses, license information, and insurance information of each driver, regardless of whether they are a rideshare driver. If there were any eyewitnesses, try to get their contact information as well.
- Screenshot and save details of your Uber or Lyft trip. If you acting as a rideshare driver or were the passenger in a rideshare when the accident occurred, screenshot the trip history on the applicable app. You should also save the receipt email.
- Get medical attention. See a doctor and ask them to perform a full evaluation. Keep a copy of your medical records and closely follow any treatment advice.
- Call our Austin Uber and Lyft accident lawyers. You should not wait to start the legal process, and we are ready to get to immediate work on your case.
We understand the obligations that Lyft, Uber, and other rideshare companies have to drivers and passengers injured in accidents and will put that knowledge to work for you. Call (833) 913-1885 or contact us online to start exploring your legal options with our Austin Uber and Lyft accident attorneys today.
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